Clive Pearse out as HGTV Design Star host; judges will act as hosts

After four seasons of hosting Design Star, Clive Pearse is out as part of the makeover the series is getting for its fifth season, which debuts in June.

Clive Pearse will not appear at all this season, and an HGTV spokesperson told me that there’s “no designated host” because the three “judges are now taking on the hosting role, where they’re assigning the challenges to the finalists, checking out the finalists’ work in-person.” That’s “in addition to their regular judging role.”

The network announced late last year that Mark Burnett Productions would take over the show, which last year replaced two of its three judges and dropped viewer voting.

Surprisingly, man not eaten alive on Eaten Alive

Eaten Alive

Discovery Channel’s happy family holiday special Eaten Alive aired Sunday, rewarding viewers for their two full hours of viewing by ensuring that they spent quality time in the company of others instead of wasting that time doing something else that might not have been as satisfying, such as buying things that have labels which accurately reflect their contents.


Winter 2015 reality TV debut schedule

winter 2015 reality TV schedule

Mark your calendars with all these upcoming reality TV show debuts, including Celebrity Apprentice, The Bachelor, and another season of MasterChef Junior, all of which kick off in early January.

There are also 20+ shows debuting in December--including the one-off return of The Sing Off. No winter break for reality TV.

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